As Far as the East is From the West: New Orthodox Choral Music
by Gennady Lapaev and Kurt Sander
October 3, 2011
This groundbreaking recording brings together the music of two living composers – Gennady Lapaev of Russia, and Kurt Sander of the United States. The project was inspired by the events of the reunification of mother Russia with her émigré parishes abroad in 2007. Consequently, this CD marks several firsts – the first time a Russian and an American composer have collaborated to produce a joint recording of their own works, the premiere recordings of a number of Lapaev and Sander compositions, and the first disc put forth by a living ROCOR composer.
Lapaev’s work as conductor, composer, and publisher of Russian liturgical music has brought him wide recognition in the Orthodox church. His music has captured the attention of conductors throughout the world who are drawn to his writing. His body of work is stylistically varied, from chant-like textures of monastic simplicity to imaginative sonorities that exploit extended harmonies rarely heard in Russian Orthodox liturgical music.
Sander, a convert to the Orthodox faith and a fervent advocate for the living tradition of Orthodox liturgical music, currently holds the position of chair and professor of composition at Northern Kentucky University. He also teaches music theory and musicianship at the Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary (Jordanville, New York), as well as conducts the choir at St George the Great Martyr Russian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. His music as been described as “combining fresh sound with roots steeped in tradition.” Sander’s compositions are not adaptations or arrangements, but rather organic creations that draw from the inherent beauty of the language of the liturgical hymns he uses, whether it be English or Slavonic.
The music of the CD came together under the creative direction of Peter Jermihov, a conductor with a long list of professional accolades, who led a 36-voice choir consisting of church musicians from across North America, including parishes in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Bloomington, and Cincinnati. Joining the church singers were university students and professional vocalists. Soloists include Protodeacon Vadim Gan and Irina Mozyleva. Much hard work and dedication on the part of the singers and the conductor went into the recording process, resulting in a sound that has been described as “exquisite,” “moving,” and “exciting.”
This recording by our monastic choir includes all the hymns of Paschal Matins, including the Paschal Canon in its entirety, and a few of the special hymns from the Paschal Divine Liturgy. In addition to Russian chant, the CD also includes chant of Byzantine and Georgian origin. Chanted in English.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastic Choir
English, 53 minutes
Воспоим Святителя Христова Иоанна
This recording by the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary Choir contains several hymns from the vigil service to St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco as well as selected hymns from the Divine Liturgy, Holy Week and Pascha. Sung in Church Slavonic.
Conductor: Hiermonk Roman (Krassovsky)
Copyright Holy Trinity Publications
Here, pronounced clearly and calmly, are the basic daily prayers said by all Orthodox Christians of the Russian Tradition. We hope that this recording will help those who, through a multitude of worldly cares and responsibilities, are sometimes tempted to skip their daily prayers. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
English, 27 minutes
“Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations” is a 30-voice mixed choir that brings together vocalists and choral musicians from the United States, Canada, and Russia. The group assembled for a week under the leadership of Vladimir Gorbik, one of the finest choral conductors active in Russia today.
The recording includes works from the Orthodox All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy ranging from austere, centuries-old Znamenny Chants to sumptuous polyphonic works by such Russian masters as Dmitry Bortniansky, Alexander Gretchaninoff, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Also featured on the program are compositions and arrangements by contemporary Orthodox composers, Benedict Sheehan and Sergei Trubachev. In keeping with the choir’s multi-cultural approach, the CD includes selections in Church Slavonic and in English.
The New York Times noted that "...the voices blended beautifully, quiet and reserved, ... swelling to a more sumptuous sound." These hallmarks of the Orthodox choral style- beautiful sonority at the service of exalted sacred texts -- are present on this CD as well.
This brand new documentary is the first of its kind on St John Maximovitch. Containing dozens of never before published photographs, and with interviews with many who knew St. John very well, this DVD is very inspiring and a fitting tribute of this wonderworker who is loved by Orthodox Christians all over the world. Even those thoroughly familiar with the life of St John will find this documentary contains much that they haven’t seen or heard before.
Running Time: 57 minutes
Format: NTNC; Color
The Canons to the Savior, the Mother of God, and the Guardian Angel – the Akathist to the Mother of God – the Psalms, Canon, and Prayers for Holy Communion. These are the prayers that Russian Orthodox Christians say in order to spiritually prepare themselves to participate in the awesome Mystery of the Divine Liturgy. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
English, 66 minutes
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